10 July 2012
Memorial Human Rights Centre
Dear friends, see below an important message by the press-service of the Interregional Committee against Torture.
Yesterday we learnt about another attempt to instigate criminal proceedings against CAT Chairman Igor Kalyapin in connection with disclosure of secrets of the investigation. The information comes from Igor Kalyapin himself who is now in Grozny working in the Joint Mobile Group of Russian human rights NGOs. He has called the CAT press-service saying that on Saturday, July 7, he was questioned by an investigator of the Special Investigation Department under the Main Investigative Administration of the Russian Investigative Committee for the Southern federal territory. The criminal proceedings were initiated by the Federal Security Service Directorate of Nizhny Novgorod region; earlier there had been two attempts to instigate criminal proceedings against the human rights defender undertaken by Chechen law enforcement agencies allegedly responsible for grave crimes and their concealment. [Read more]